Online Payment for UK Visa Application Becomes Mandatory in Africa

Online payment for all UK visa applications will become mandatory in 15 African countries from January, 27, 2014, according to a recent announcement by UK Border Agency (UKBA).

Thursday, 23 January 2014READ MORE

UK to Reopen Mobile Visa Application Service in Laos

It will be easier for Lao residents to make a UK visa application as the UK government will re-open the mobile UK visa application service to Laos at the British Embassy in Vientiane from 07 February 2014, UK Border Agency announced on 14 January.

Thursday, 16 January 2014READ MORE

UK Compulsory Online Payment for Application Fees

As of December 16, 2013, certain overseas applicants seeking to apply for a visa to the UK must now pay their application fee online, as part of the application process.

Thursday, 16 January 2014READ MORE

UKBA Removes Web Money as Visa Payment Option in Ukraine

Web Money has stopped operating in Ukraine, according to a recent announcement by UK Border and Agency (UKBA).

Wednesday, 15 January 2014READ MORE

Changes to Service Standards for Application Made in UK Take Effect from January

From January 1, 2014, UKVI service standards for applications made within the UK have been changed following feedback from customers and partners.

Tuesday, 14 January 2014READ MORE

UK Visa Applications in a Busy Period for Chinese New Year

People wishing to visit the UK for the annual Chinese New Year celebrations should make their visa application as soon as possible since it is expected that there will be a surge in applications from people in China in January, UK Border Agency (UKBA) has recently announced.

Tuesday, 7 January 2014READ MORE

UK Immigration Control on Romanian and Bulgarian nationals Expires

At midnight on December 31, 2013, the transitional controls restricting access to UK labor market on citizens of Romania and Bulgaria has expired.

Friday, 3 January 2014READ MORE

2013 UK Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme Opens for Taiwan from 7 March

According to a recent announcement of the UK Border Agency (UKBA), Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme for Taiwanese nationals will re-open on 7 March 2013.

Tuesday, 29 January 2013READ MORE

UKBA Responses to Concerns about Backlogs of UK Visa Applications

UK immigration inspectors have discovered backlogs of cases and a lack of consideration of the best interests of children in an inspection of applications to enter, remain and settle in the UK on the basis of marriage and civil partnerships.

Friday, 25 January 2013READ MORE

UK Visa Rule Change Affects Non-EU Players

A number of non-European players face difficulty in playing in England under the FA's requirements due to a change to UK immigration law.

Monday, 21 January 2013READ MORE

Many UK Visa Options for Australians

According to UK Foreign Secretary William Hague, there are still many UK visa options available to Australian nationals wanting to live and work in the UK although the Post Study Work route (Tier 1) was closed last year.

Friday, 18 January 2013READ MORE

UK Youth Mobility Scheme Available for South Korean Nationals

The South Korean ministry of foreign affairs and trade has recently announced that nationals from South Korea can apply for 2013 Youth Mobility Scheme Certificates of Sponsorship ballot between 12 February and 15 February 2013 to live and work in the UK under Working Holiday Visa.

Friday, 18 January 2013READ MORE

UK Launches New Priority Fast-track Visa Service for Kenyans

A new visa service has been launched to fast track visa processing for Kenyan applicants wishing to urgently travel to the UK, especially on business purposes, the UK Border Agency (UKBA) has recently announced.

Friday, 18 January 2013READ MORE

UK Citizenship – Changes in the Assessment of Good Character

On 13th December 2012, the Home Office made changes to the Nationality Instructions, affecting anyone applying for UK citizenship on or after that date.

Friday, 11 January 2013READ MORE

Britain Prepare to Welcome Visitors for the 2012 Olympics

According to the UK Border Agency (UKBA), Britain will welcome between 600,000 and 700,000 visitors for the 2012 Olympic Games.

Tuesday, 31 January 2012READ MORE

UK to Attract Only the Best and Brightest Migrants

The UK plans to change its immigration policy to attract only the best and brightest migrants, according to Immigration Minister Damian Green.

Tuesday, 31 January 2012READ MORE

New List of English Language Test Providers for UK Visa Applications

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) have released a new list of approved English language test providers for visa applications made under Tiers 1, 2 and 4 of the points-based system and for partner visa applications.

Tuesday, 31 January 2012READ MORE

UK Tier 2 and Tier 5 Visa Applications To Move Online

The UK Border Agency has announced that Tier 2 and Tier 5 visa applicants and their dependants in the UK will be able to apply for their visa online from February 14, 2012.

Tuesday, 31 January 2012READ MORE

New UK Visa Application Form and Guidance for Bulgarians and Romanians

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has published a new version of Form BR3, which is used by Bulgarian and Romanian nationals to apply for an accession worker card.

Thursday, 19 January 2012READ MORE

New Procedure for Visa Applicants Seeking Arts Council England Endorsement

Tier 1 (Exceptional talent) visa applicants who want their applications endorsed by the Arts Council England (ACE) are required to follow a new procedure, according to an announcement from the UK Border Agency (UKBA) earlier this month.

Thursday, 19 January 2012READ MORE

UK Priority Visa Service Launched in Ukraine

From 16 January 2012, the UK Border Agency in Ukraine will offer a priority visa service which is available to applicants who meet specific criteria and who pay an additional fee to have their visa application processed ahead of others.

Wednesday, 18 January 2012READ MORE

UK Priority Visa Service Launched in Thailand

From 16 January 2012 the UK Border Agency (UKBA) in Thailand will offer a priority UK visa service to certain categories of applicants who meet specific criteria and pay an additional fee to have their visa application processed ahead of others.

Monday, 16 January 2012READ MORE

UK Tier 4 (Student) Visa Sponsor Inspections and Reviews 2012

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has reminded all Tier 4 (Student) visa sponsors of the requirement for an inspection or review in 2012 by an appropriate educational oversight body to continue to be able to sponsor international students.

Wednesday, 11 January 2012READ MORE

UK welcomes New Zealand immigrants

William Hague, British Foreign Secretary said on a recent trip to New Zealand that he wants to continue to see a large flow of New Zealand immigrants to the UK.

Friday, 28 January 2011READ MORE

UK Business Secretary calms fears over immigration cap

In his latest trade mission to Mumbai on 17 January 2011, Business Secretary used the first speech to calm fears of Indian businesses over the UK's immigration cap set to tack effect in April of 2011.

Friday, 21 January 2011READ MORE

Higher language entry level to study in the UK

The Home Office has sent UK ministers a proposal for a higher English language skill requirement in order to reduce the number of foreign students coming to the UK.

Monday, 17 January 2011READ MORE

Three months left for UK onshore Tier 1 Visa application

According to a UK Border Agency announcement, onshore applications for the Tier 1 (General) Visa in the UK will remain open until the end of March 2011, which means that there are only three months left for UK immigrants wishing to apply for Tier 1 Visa from within the UK.

Thursday, 6 January 2011READ MORE

Interim limit on Tier 2 visa sponsorships by April 2011

While waiting for an annual limit on applications for Tier 2 (General) of the points-based system to be set, an interim limit of Tier 2 (General) was announced by UK Border Agency and will apply until 5 April, 2011. According to the interim limit, there will be maximum of 10,382 certificates for both initial and extension applications that can be issued.

Thursday, 6 January 2011READ MORE

UK Immigration Cap is a Con

Labour MP's have called out against Migration Watch and Tory leader David Cameron's suggestion that the UK population will hit 70 million.

Wednesday, 27 January 2010READ MORE

UK Home Office to Increase Government Immigration Fees

The Home Office has released new figures for the fees for its immigration and nationality services. The new figures, which will come in to effect as of April this year, are set above the normal administrative costs of the service. Whilst most services will see a rise of up to £100; one particular service will treble in cost - the dependent relative visa.

Friday, 22 January 2010READ MORE

Conservative leader proposes conservative cap on immigration

David Cameron, leader of the UK Conservative party has proposed a cap on UK immigration. If the elected PM at the next election, Cameron is proposing an annual cap on UK immigration to stop the population reaching the predicted 70 million. The cap could see net migration to the UK limited to the tens of thousands.

Thursday, 21 January 2010READ MORE

English language schools amidst a over-haul of student visas

English language schools are said to contribute £1.5 billion to the UK's economy on an annual basis and draw more than 600,000 students to the UK.

Thursday, 21 January 2010READ MORE

Record numbers of work permits issued for migrants

More than 150,000 foreigners from outside the EU were allowed to work in the UK last year, a figure almost four times higher than when the Labour government took power in 1997.

Wednesday, 28 January 2009READ MORE

Million new jobs go to migrants

Foreign workers have taken almost all the new jobs created in the UK in the past 7 years. The research into the UK labour market since 2001, published by the think-tank Migrationwatch, shows that 1.08 million out of the 1.34 million new jobs created since 2001 have gone to non-UK citizens.

Wednesday, 28 January 2009READ MORE

Sponsoring students under the points-based system for immigration

Education providers who want to bring non-EEA students must have a licence and comply with their sponsorship duties under the Tier 4 category of the points-based system.

Friday, 23 January 2009READ MORE

Government's new bill shakes up the route to citizenship

A bill which requires newcomers to the UK to earn the right to stay here was recently published in Parliament.

Wednesday, 21 January 2009READ MORE

UK immigration system commits to protect children

The welfare of children in Britain’s immigration system is a top priority, according to new UK Border Agency guidelines announced on 6 January 2009.

Monday, 12 January 2009READ MORE

Why highly skilled migrants should act now: New UK immigration points-based system in the pipeline

If you would like to live and work in the United Kingdom, now is the best time to apply for a working visa, as from the 1st of March 2008, the current Highly Skilled Migrant Programme (HSMP) and UK Work Permit scheme will be replaced by a brand new points-based system.

Tuesday, 15 January 2008READ MORE

Macedonias Bid for EU Membership

Macedonia is looking to be the next possible EU member, following in the footsteps of Bulgaria and Romania.

Wednesday, 31 January 2007READ MORE

Chinese Embassy closed 17/02/07 - 21/02/07

The Embassy will be closed from 17th until 21st of February for the celebration of the Chinese New Year.

Saturday, 27 January 2007READ MORE

New TB Test for Ghana and Kenya

From 5 February 2007, visa applicants in Ghana and Kenya applying for UK visas valid for stays longer than six months will need to provide with their visa application a certificate confirming that they are free from infectious tuberculosis (TB).

Saturday, 27 January 2007READ MORE

UK suspends Working Holiday Visas

Suspension is still in place for some countries participating in the Working Holiday Maker Scheme.

Saturday, 20 January 2007READ MORE

United Nations fall under Concession

United Nations: for Nationality purposes the Home Office has clarified that UN employees will now fall under a concession.

Monday, 15 January 2007READ MORE

Bulgaria and Romania Join the EU

From 1st January 2007, as European Economic Area (EEA) nationals, Bulgarians and Romanians will be able to move and reside freely in any EU Member State.

Monday, 1 January 2007READ MORE

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Decisions on UK Visa Applications in Uruguay Shall Be Made in Bogota
From 26 January 2015, applications for visa for the United Kingdom submitted in Uruguay will be decided in Bogota.

UK Varsities Offer 401 Scholarship Awards for Indian Students
The United Kingdom will be offering the highest number of scholarships ever worth 1.5 million pound (approx. Rs15.10 crore) to attract more Indian students.

Britain Introduced Simplified Business Visa Scheme for Chinese Applicants
UK Visas and Immigration has introduced a new visa scheme named “Select Business Scheme UK” (SBS UK) which allows Chinese businessmen or their representatives to make a visa application quickly.

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